Take a Trip to Pet-Friendly Cape Cod

Written on July 12, 2018 by Elizabeth Pezzoni Hospital: Ethos Veterinary Health

Planning a weekend trip to Cape Cod? Good news! You don’t have to leave your pet behind. We’ve designed the perfect mid-Cape (Barnstable, Hyannis, Dennis and Yarmouth) day for you and your pooch to enjoy. Just picture this:


After a beautiful drive through Barnstable you arrive at the homey Lamb and Lion Inn, where you’ve managed to secure one of the three available pet-friendly rooms. You head to your room and find pet sheets, towels, and water bowls are available free of charge. After unpacking, you decide to head out and explore the area.



Barnstable is home to a number of outdoor activities, the front desk explains. You settle on the well-known Sandy Neck Beach, just a fifteen minute drive from the inn. As you drive through the gate the attendant explains that during the summer season, dogs are only allowed on the Off Road Vehicle Beach. You’re happy to learn, however, that there is also hiking trail-The Great Marsh Hiking Trail-where dogs are also allowed.  After spending the day relaxing on the beach and hiking the trails, it’s time for dinner.


After packing up the car you set out for the Sesuit Harbor Cafe, a quaint, mainly seafood restaurant featuring outdoor seating that overlooks the marina and is open to dogs.  You enjoy your meal as the sun goes down, then head back to the inn for a well deserved sleep.


More Resources for Dog-Friendly Hotels, Activities, and Vet Care


Marston Family Bed and Breakfast - both dogs and cats are allowed at a charge of $10/day/pet and a $50 damage deposit.  All pets must be on flea preventative.

508-775-3334  |  70 Marston Ave. Box 458, Hyannis Port

Simmons Homestead Inn – pets of any kind, except cats, are allowed at a $25 charge. Dogs of any size are allowed, and you may bring more than one. All dogs must be on flea and tick medication.

508-778-4999  |  288 Scudder Ave., Hyannis

Cape Cod Beer - on the second Tuesday of each month from 4-6 p.m., the brewery holds a “Yappy Hour”, a social hour for dogs and their owners.

508-790-4200  |  1336 Phinneys Lane, Hyannis

Schooner’s Restaurant

508-779-7588  |  372 Main St., Hyannis

Barnstable Animal Hospital - Emergency and Critical Care & grooming

508-779-6555  |  157 Airport Rd., Hyannis



Glendon Beach Cottages

781-608-2463  |  91 Glendon Rd., Dennisport

Kingfisher Lodging - pet-friendly for a one-time charge of $30 and complimentary food/water bowls are available.

508-385-5883  |  177 Main St. Rt. 6A, Dennis

Cape Cod Rail Trail - the Rail Trail is busy with bikers during the summer season, so be careful to avoid collisions.

Chapin Beach Conservation Area - the beach does not allow dogs during the summer season, but the conservation area is open year round to leashed dogs and a beach parking sticker is required during summer hours.

Crowe’s Pasture Conservation Area and Beach - dogs must be on a leash at all times.

Fresh Pond Dog Park

Indian Lands Conservation Area - there is privately owned land to the left of the power lines, so be sure to stay on the marked paths.

*Information about locating each of these areas can be found at http://www.town.dennis.ma.us/Pages/DennisMA_AnimalControl/

Dennis Veterinary Hospital - Emergency and Critical Care, boarding for cats, grooming

508-385-8323  |  425 Main St., Dennis Port



Blue Rock Resort

844-611-8936  |  39 Todd Rd., South Yarmouth

Blue Water on the Ocean

855-488-3520  |  291 South Shore Dr., South Yarmouth

Yarmouth Country Cabins

617-640-3054  |  878 Rt. 28, South Yarmouth

Historical Society of Old Yarmouth Trail - dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.

*Trail guides can be found at http://www.hsoy.org/home-page-1-2-3/

Yarmouth Dog Park

Dairy Queen

508-394-9535  |  917 Rt. 28, South Yarmouth

Hyannis Animal Hospital Inc. - Emergency and Critical Care

508-775-4521  |   102 Ansel Hallet Rd., West Yarmouth



Bridge Creek Conservation Area 

Crocker Neck Conservation Area

Hathaways Pond Conservation Area

Long Pond Nature Trail

Old Jail Lane Conservation Area

Otis Atwood Conservation Area

Santuit Trail Reserve

West Barnstable Conservation Area

Whelan Conservation Area

*Trail guides are available for all of the aforementioned locations at http://www.townofbarnstable.us/Conservation/TrailGuides/ 

Cape Cod Animal Hospital - Emergency and Critical Care

508-428-6393  |  1415 Osterville West Barnstable Rd., West Barnstable


24 Hour Emergency & Specialty

Boston West Veterinary Emergency and Specialty

Natick, MA 01760


Capital District Veterinary Referral Hospital

Latham, NY 12110


Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital

Woburn, MA 01801


Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital

Portsmouth, NH 03801



Lebanon, NH 03766


General Practice, Emergency & Specialty

Bulger Veterinary Hospital

North Andover, MA 01845
ER: 978.725.5544 GP: 978.682.9905